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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:04 am 
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This month's Member Ride of the Month award winner (chosen at random) is Mike Tubiak's 1978 280Z.

Please click HERE to view photos of the evolution of Mike's Z. We know your Z is a work-in-progress, Mike, but whose isn't?

Congratulations Mike - that's one special Z you've got - enjoy it!


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 7:35 am 
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HAHAAAAAA! VUNDERBAR! :D The "Dangerous Z" (aka Millennium Falcon) gets highlighted for the respect it deserves!

I have many fun memories of this 'Great '78', including Mike's first debut of it when we held our Monthly Meeting at the Old Saybrook Marina last year. Mike pulled the car into the big boat bay after the meeting and about a doZen of us poured over it, showing him what it needed and how far ahead of the game he already waz. Then on the way home his Twice Pipes and mine blended exhaust notes to shake the countryside for 30mi
down i-95 :)

And when classic car Guru Thorsten Link visited us from Germany last summer, of all the great Zs in our Club, Mike's 'spoke' to Thor. He's the man who gave this car the 'Dangerous' tag.

And the roadtrip to Alice's Restaurant last fall, when Mike's clutch slave cylinder gave way, and Mike finished the trip learning to start, stop and shift without a clutch.

But my favorite memory of this 280Z is when I went with Mike to pick it up when he first bought it. It had sat unused, unmoved, on flat tires, for years outdoors in a gravel pit yard. I came equipped to remove the wheels and free the brakes but when Mike pumped up the tires, this Z rolled right up onto the trailer as if it WANTED to come home with him. :lol: I've never zeen another Z ever do that before ~ usually the brakes freeZe solid and you have to drag them kicking and screaming to the trailer.

Since then Mike has made steady improvements on 'Dangerous Z', and has put many many happy miles on it, including some serious-distance roadtrips (Colin Foote's memorial run, Alice's Restaurant, etc).

This is an excellent example of why old Zs should NEVER be crushed. There's always someone out there who loves them enough to resuscitate them and give them a new life. Mostly what they need is love and understanding, and Mike has plenty of both for his 280Z.

Congratulations Mike ~ and THANKS for keeping another one on the road! :wink: As soon as we can get Agner to move his Z off the Homepage, you can have your reserved Hyper-parking space for the month!

Frank

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:01 am 
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Nice! Congrats Mike! Keep that Z's Zevolution going!

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:40 am 
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Woot! Go Mike!

Remember: jumping through hyperspace ain't like dusting crops, boy.

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thank you everybody!!! it has been a blast!!! i love this club. every month i secretly hoped to be the ride of the month. finally! yay!! Frank i owe you for everything you have done for me! what is so great about being selected this month is this is actually the month it first saw the road again. so it marks one year of driving my baby! i also remember almost losing a tire on the way back from that meeting Frank... :lol: truly is an honor to be here and if it wasn't for this club my Z wouldn't be where it is today. :D here is a most current picture of my Z. you guys are all a constant inspiration to me.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:06 am 
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It looks.........'dangerous'........ :shock:

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:07 am 
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Way to go Mike!


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:29 pm 
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Oh Yeah! Good news. There is something with that car that makes it so unique. Congrats Mike!

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coming from you Thor that means a lot. thanks.

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I still say I like that car the way it is, in the dark primer.

Initially I had been saying it looked like a "rat-Z," one-of-a-kind.
But as I looked at that picture above, it reminded me more of a
"Stealth Fighter," or a "Stealth Bomber," so I liked it even more.

But with "Twice Pipes" it will never sneak up on any enemies!
~Rick~

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With the twice pipes, it turns enemies into friends.

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Congrats Mike !


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Its the second of April... do you know where your turbo is? :wink:

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:lol:

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Its the second of April... do you know where your turbo is?


at Paul's house :lol: hopefully soon it will be under the hood. :twisted:

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